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Today's News

  • Town 'cautiously optimistic' about getting sand-loss funding

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett said he is cautiously optimistic the town will receive some funds to replace sand lost during Tropical Storm Hanna.

    Hewett reported during the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday night he and other town officials had just met with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    “I’d like everybody to keep their fingers crossed on that FEMA thing,” said Holden Beach commissioner Don Glander.

  • Holden Beach causeway property owners speak out about design ideas

    Holden Beach Causeway property owners and visitors would like to see sidewalks, crosswalks, streetscaped flowers, plants and palm trees, and store signs of uniform size and height above street level.

    That seemed to be the consensus of a public-input meeting on the causeway hosted Sept. 18 by the Brunswick County Planning Department at Holden Beach Marina.

    Featured facilitator was Mark Zeigler, a community development planner from the Wilmington office of the Division of Community Assistance with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

  • Annual Pink Party raises $6,500

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The 2008 Pink Party and Charity Poker Tournament raised more than $6,000, which will help fund a team of local women and cancer survivors as they participate in a 60-mile walk for breast cancer.

    Anne Hoffman of Shallotte, Kimmie Durham of Ocean Isle Beach and three of their friends will participate in a three-day, a 60-mile walk in Atlanta this October benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer.

    Teams must raise a minimum of $2,100 to participate in the walk, and all proceeds benefit research and awareness.

  • Soles to chair Senate reform panel; local annexation foes continue to fight

    Annexation reform is a hot topic in North Carolina, one that a number of county residents, especially those in Shallotte Point, have been watching closely.

    In July, the State House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill establishing a nine-month moratorium on involuntary annexations and setting up a study commission to consider revamping the state’s annexation laws.

    Last week, State Sen. R.C. Soles (D-Columbus) was appointed co-chairman of the committee to study reforming municipal annexation, Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight announced.

  • Planning board continues parking ordinance review

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has continued review and tweaking of the town’s parking ordinance.

    At a Sept. 18 workshop, the board scrutinized off-street parking requirements in different categories, including public parks that could be applied to the town’s future boat ramp.

    “I’m not sure we want to go there with a parking space requirement,” town administrator Gary Parker said, adding it might be “better left to each individual property owner that comes forth for a park.”

  • Entertainment lines up for Sunset at Sunset on Oct. 4

    The second annual Sunset at Sunset Community Block Party, slated for Saturday, Oct. 4, in The Village at Sunset Beach, has scheduled both local and national talent.

    The entertainment lineup for the day includes the United States Marine Band at 1 p.m.; Shamalama at 2 p.m.; Brunswick Little Theatre at 3 p.m.; the Use-to-Be’s at 4 p.m.; the Songbirds at 5 p.m. and Brunswick Big Band at 5:30 p.m.

  • 16-year-old charged with theft in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A 16-year-old was charged Monday with the theft of a golf cart.

    Shay Gales, of 7267 Lula St., Ocean Isle Beach, was charged in connection with the theft of a golf cart from Live Oak Drive.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said more charges and arrests are expected.

    He said the arrest is connected to the theft of items reported stolen Sept. 20 from a house being remodeled on Pecan Avenue.

  • 'Fireproof': Don't miss this life-changing film; it's showing locally

    In the latest action-based film from the creators of “Facing the Giants” and “Flywheel,” Sherwood Pictures and Provident Films focus on the relationship of firefighter “Capt. Caleb Holt,” played by Kirk Cameron, and his wife “Catherine Holt,” a public relations professional played by Erin Bethea.

  • Sudden influx of Web site comments energizes newspaper staff

    Since our updated Web site went live several months ago, we’ve only gotten a handful of comments from our online readers.

    We post every staff-written article online and update it daily with new information. While we’ve been excited about the number of people who are coming to our site, we had hoped to see more people take advantage of our interactive features.

  • Cop stop a sign of trouble just around the bend

    If I were seeking an omen about what is ahead in the future, I should have known it would appear on the first workday of the week.

    There I was moseying below the speed limit Monday morning, driving up U.S. 17 in Little River, S.C., and minding my business with a cell phone pressed to my ear (“Can you hear me now?!”).

    I thought I was doing everything not to attract the attention of law enforcement, which is what I always strive to do whenever I venture out on the highway and anywhere else in between.